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review 2020-04-23 22:23
Reading progress 4%
Strange Brew (Includes: The Dresden Files, #10.4) - P.N. Elrod

I started this anthology for the Mercy Thompson story of course, but I am enjoying the others as well.

It had come from a pay phone. There weren’t many of those left, now that cell phones had made it less profitable for the phone companies to keep repairing the damage of vandals.

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review 2020-04-23 21:01
Reading progress 79%
Strange Brew (Includes: The Dresden Files, #10.4) - P.N. Elrod

Hell hath no fury like a ten-year-old with headless dolls.

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review 2020-04-23 20:00
Reading progress 22%
Strange Brew (Includes: The Dresden Files, #10.4) - P.N. Elrod

I might be running low on bottled semen, but the truth was, you could always get more of that.

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text 2020-03-30 23:20
Yay! I managed to concentrate on some short stories.
Strange Brew (Includes: The Dresden Files, #10.4) - P.N. Elrod

Reading Smoke Bitten - Patricia Briggs  way too fast made me go looking for more stories set in Mercy's world.  


So far, I love all these stories.  I think I've found a few new series to try and some new to me authors.


I haven't been in a reading slump, exactly.  Just not necessarily wanting to think too hard or concentrate on some of my TBR.  And I have a few new releases I'm hesitant to start because then they will be finished.


I've also been more on cell phone and mobile devices than sitting at a computer.  I'm a homebody and a bookworm, but sick of just sitting.  Otherwise this would have been a great time to catch up on reviews, organizing the shelves, etc.


Oh well, things will either return to normal or none of it will matter.  I was cheered up that grocery stores around here were getting restocked with things like toilet paper, ground beef, microwave popcorn ... I was ready to mouth off at anyone complaining there were limits or that were rude to employees but today everyone seemed nice.

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review 2020-03-26 01:52
Dead Beat by Jim Butcher
Dead Beat: The Dresden Files, Book 7 - James Marsters,Jim Butcher

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I had a great time with my re-read of this book! I originally read this series years ago and enjoyed it so much that I decided to pick up the audiobooks to experience it all over again. I have been slowing working my way through the series for a second time often working a book into my reading schedule when I need a bit of a lift. This seemed like the perfect time for a little Harry Dresden and it proved to be a wonderful escape.

Although this was a re-read, there were a lot of things about this book that I didn't remember anymore. There were a few stand out sections of the book that I was able to recall and enjoyed being able to revisit them. This is the seventh book in The Dresden Files series which is a series that really should be read in order since the character relationships grow and change over the course of the series.

This was a pretty exciting installment in the series. Harry is put in charge of watering Karin's plants while she is on vacation and ends up working to save her reputation for a ruthless vampire. There are some powerful forces searching for a very powerful item that has the potential to do a lot of damage. Harry has to battle several necromancers and their zombies with only the help of his brother and a polka playing mortician. There were some pretty big scenes in this book and I really appreciated Harry's interactions with Sue.

James Marsters brings so much to this story. His narration is really top-notch and I found this book to be a joy to listen to. He does a fantastic job with a wide range of character voices in the series and I love how consistent he has been throughout the series. He is able to add a lot of emotion and excitement to the story through his reading. I believe that I enjoyed this book a bit more during my re-read than I did the first time largely due to his narration.

I would recommend this book to others. This is a smartly written story that is filled with wonderful characters, intense action, a bit of humor, and an interesting plot. I cannot wait to continue with my re-read of this exciting series!

Initial Thoughts
This was a re-read for me. It has been quite a few years since I first read this book and while I remember some key scenes, my memory is poor enough that it was almost like reading it for the first time. Marsters does a fantastic job with the narration and the story was really exciting. I am looking forward to tackling the next book in the series very soon.

Book source: purchased

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